SIPTU representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the management of pharmaceutical manufacturer, Novartis, following its announcement, today (Wednesday, 23rd October), of major job cuts at its plant in Ringaskiddy, county Cork. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Alan O’Leary, said: “Workers were aware that a review of operations was underway by senior Novartis management. However, the announcement today of 320 job cuts has deeply shocked the workers and their families. “We understand that the decision to cut jobs is part of the ongoing evaluation of the Novartis manufacturing network around the world. It is our understanding the job cuts will occur over a period to 2022. We are seeking an urgent meeting with senior Novartis management in order to investigate at every opportunity to minimise the number of jobs impacted.” SIPTU Organiser, Allen Dillon, said: “Our members were advised a number of weeks ago that Novartis was looking at a sale of the site in Ringaskiddy. The level of job cuts is considerable and we intend to engage with management urgently to save as many jobs as possible.”